The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, a small tribal community consisting of less than 150 members, is seeking federal action that would add the Camp 4 property, 1,400 acres of private land currently zoned for agricultural use to their reservation. Doing so would allow the Tribe to circumvent local and state land use regulations on this land and build large commercial, high-density housing and even industrial developments with no consideration of existing land use plans carefully crafted over many years by local government and residents. Every private property owner is required to comply with these plans.
The Santa Ynez Valley Community Plan is the result of over ten years of collaborative efforts by the community and the County to create land use guidelines. The federal government intervention the Tribe is seeking will render this plan irrelevant.